Today I finally had a chance to shoot the S&W Airweight .38 and the Hi Standard R-101 .22 snubbies I acquired at last month's gun show. Fwiw, my "range" is the cleared site of my future home in the woods.
First off I pulled out the Hi Standard 9-shot .22 LR DA revolver w/ 2" barrell. Wife took the first two shots, at an 8" ring target at 7 yards. Didn't touch the paper. So I finished the cylinder, got a few on paper, but looked to be shooting high. Also had two FTFs. This with Federal 40 gr. lead cartridges. Shucked the empties, reloaded, and tried it again, same target. Ended up with 9 total on paper. Did I mention that wind was gusting 10-20 mph, and actual temp was in the 30s F.?
Decided I definitely need more practice time with the .22, and pulled out the new Airweight .38 spl. This was more better.
First shot, again 7 yds, dead center - see pic #1. 5-shot group 3 3/8", without the flyer 1 5/16". Federal American Eagle .38 Spl 130 gr. FMJ. Another 5 shots were strung out all over the place, 4" across and up/dn.
I got to get in LOTS o' practice in the near future, but my fingers were starting to get a tad numb and the wind was closer to 20mph than 10mph, and I'm not used to shooting DA much, nor am I the steadiest hand around, I'll admit.
Recoil was ok - even in that light a gun, not as bad as my Para P10 .45, and a damn sight better than a .44 Mag. But the factory round-butt grip seemed tiny in my hand, pinkie tucked under the butt because there just wasn't room for it elsewhere. I think I need to put a larger grip on it, maybe a square-butt. Also, one shot my index finger got pinched between the trigger and trigger guard.
Speaking of the trigger, I hope it smooths out with use, because it felt rough, and seemed like forever to break. But again, I'm more used to SA handguns.
I was getting colder by the minute, so I broke out the +P ammo. First 5-shot group (CCI Blazer +P 125gr. JHP) was 3 1/8" vertical, 5/8" horizontal, and boy, did it sting more than the standard pressure ammo.
Second cylindar of +P was another string, 4 9/16" as seen in pic #2, but first shot was dead center, 2nd was 2 3/8" lower. Take that one out, and the rest grouped 2 1/4".
I like the gun, I just need a bigger grip (which I don't think will hurt concealability in a pocket holster) and a lot of practice with it. Right now I shoot a lot better with the Para.